The first book length study of the motif of impotency in poetry from early antiquity through to the late Restoration, this book explores the impotency poem as a recognisable form of poetry in the longer tradition of erotic elegy. Hannah Lavery demonstrates that impotency poems can be seen on one level to represent bawdy escapism, but on the other to offer positions of resistance and opposition to social and political concerns contemporary to a particular time.Here, sexual excess is linked with social corruption, and we see a development of Marlowea#39;s initial use of his Ovidian antecedent in order to ... Prompted by fear of impotence, a#39;the ancients produced sex manuals providing suggestions of positions and techniques ... usually ... But the phallic impulse of the love poems is merely vigorous, not hostile, whereas it is the very act of writing and circulating suchanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Impotency Poem from Ancient Latin to Restoration English Literature|
|Author||:||Dr Hannah Lavery|
|Publisher||:||Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2014-12-28|